Dish Details: Dishwasher Buying Guide

July 6, 2017 by Kenmore

Kenmore Dishwasher Buying Guide

Scrubbing baked-on, caked-on food off your dishes is no fun. That’s why you need a dishwasher that can handle the tough messes. But finding “the one” that can clean quickly, quietly and thoroughly — and looks darn good on top of it — probably seems too good to be true.

It’s not. You can have it all. Simply check out our guide to lend some much-needed clarity and insight to the shopping search, and you’ll soon find the perfect dishwasher that puts the sparkle in your dishes.

Tip #1: Make It More Stylish

At Kenmore, we believe your appliances should be functional and beautiful. That’s why our elegant, thoughtfully designed dishwashers will fit seamlessly into your home — regardless of your style. Choose your look based on your aesthetic preferences, kitchen design and cleaning habits.

Console: Console dishwashers boast the classic good looks you’re used to. Control is right at your fingertips with buttons placed conveniently on the exterior of the dishwasher, and the time-remaining display is always front and center.

Hidden Controls: Hidden controls are found on the top edge of the door, so they’re out of sight when the door is closed and out of reach of little hands. The fully integrated console is not only easy to clean, but lends the appliance a clean, sleek look that will complement any modern kitchen.

Panel-Ready: This style dishwasher comes with an unfinished face so you can attach a panel that blends in seamlessly with the rest of your cabinets. This gives your kitchen a cohesive, continuous look.

Tip #2: Make It Cleaner

When it comes to cleaning performance, Kenmore brings exceptional innovation to make sure every dish comes out sparkling clean and dry.

Exclusive 360° PowerWash® Plus Technology: Delivers a comprehensive, spiral-patterned spray with a motorized spray arm that moves backward and forward to hit dishes from every angle. And if a dish or utensil falls, it senses the obstruction and reverses direction for a continuous clean.

MicroClean™ Wash System: Delivers peak cleaning performance in less time with less water. Plus, the superfine filter traps food particles as small as 150 microns (that’s approximately the size of a human hair), so wash water stays clean and clear for the entire cycle.

Exclusive TurboZone Reach™: Uses 24 powerful jets to reach deep inside bowls, bottles and glasses in the upper rack — leaving no corner left uncleaned.

Exclusive TurboZone® with Rotating Spray Jets: Power cleans stuck-on foods in the back of the bottom rack with four rotating jets and reaches into the deepest corners with two stationary jets to deliver focused cleaning.

SmartDry™ Plus: Uses a heating element, extra drying time and a fan to deliver a thorough dry. It also automatically adjusts dry time and energy to match the selected wash cycle and deliver optimized drying for every unique load.

Sanitize Rinse Option: Is NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) Certified and eliminates 99.9% of bacteria, so you can feel good that you’re protecting your family.

Tip #3: Make It Quieter

There’s nothing worse than a dishwasher that rumbles like a rocket ship during take off and disrupts your daily activities. That’s why the latest Kenmore lineup features cleaning so quiet, you won’t even know the dishwasher is running. When it comes to keeping it hushed, it’s all in the dBAs (decibel A-weighting) — after all, a difference of just 3 dBAs is noticeable to the human ear.

57 dBA TV-Watching Quiet: Catch up on your favorite show without interruption.
53 dBA Background Music Quiet: Sing along to your favorite song without interruption.
50 dBA Conversation Quiet: Comfortably chitchat without interruption.
45 dBA Whisper Quiet: Make phone calls without interruption.
44 dBA Virtually Silent: Run the dishwasher without waking the baby.
39 dBA Quietest Quiet: You might not even know the dishwasher is running.

Tip #4: Make It More Convenient

Dishwashers now boast so many cutting-edge convenience features, it seems like they can leave your dishes spotless and fly you to outer space. They’re not quite rocket ships yet, but they’ll certainly make life more amazing.

Removable Third Rack: Frees up space on lower racks by providing 37% more loading area.* It’s perfect for large utensils like cooking spoons, spatulas and chef’s knives.

*Compared to Kenmore and Kenmore Elite two-rack dishwashers.

Exclusive One-Hand Adjuster: Lift and lower the upper rack with one quick motion to accommodate large, oddly shaped items. Most Kenmore® models have the capacity and flexibility to fit 12 place settings.

LED Interior Lighting: Illuminates the dishwasher’s interior, so you can easily find items you need and see just how clean those dishes are.

Stainless Steel with Active Finish™: Is a fingerprint-resistant finish that’s easy to clean and hides smudges, so you can enjoy the beauty of stainless steel without the the constant cleaning.

There’s a dishwasher for every kitchen. Now go find the one you’re over the moon about.

Don’t have space for a typical built-in? Portable dishwashers are an ideal solution for apartments, small kitchens, bar areas and offices. They offer every convenience of a full-size model, but their compact size (and wheels!) really maximize your space.


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